The Center for Neural Engineering (CNE) at USC

Neural Engineering is an emerging interdisciplinary field of research that uses engineering techniques to investigate the function and manipulate the behavior of the central or peripheral nervous systems. The field draws heavily on the fields of computational neuroscience, experimental neuroscience, clinical neurology, electrical engineering and signal processing of living neural tissue, and encompasses elements from robotics, computer engineering, tissue engineering, materials science, and nanotechnology.

The mission of CNE is to facilitate the development of research, training, and technology transfer programs through mechanisms that support the exchange of intellectual and technical expertise between the engineering, neuroscience, and medical faculty at USC.

USC has a superb complement of faculty expertise, programmatic initiatives, and research facilities central to the multidisciplinary requirements of Neural Engineering.

CNE departmental web site Neural, Informational, and Behavioral Sciences Program (NIBS)
Directed by Dr. Richard F. Thompson, NIBS consists of over 70 active research laboratories throughout USC. The Neuroscience Program is centered in the Hedco Neurosciences Building, a modern, 6-floor research facility, and is an independent Ph.D. degree-granting program under the direction of Dr. Larry Swanson.

CNE departmental web site Biomedical Simulations Resource (BMSR)
Centered in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, BMSR develops and distributes advanced modeling and simulation methodology focused specifically on the complex properties of physiological systems.

CNE departmental web site Keck Photonics Center
Provides on-site VLSI, optical and opto-electronic design and fabrication capabilities for the development of hardware implementations of neural system models and neural-silicon interface devices.

CNE departmental web site Keck School of Medicine Departments of Neurology and Neurological Surgery
Clinical programs specializing in diagnostic and intracranial implantation of neural stimulation prosthetics for the treatment of Parkinson's disease and intractable epilepsy, among other neurological disorders.

CNE departmental web site Alfred E. Mann Institute (AMI) for Biomedical Engineering
AMI will partner with the Department of Biomedical Engineering in leading a major USC effort in technology development and transfer for medical devices and prostheses.

CNE departmental web site Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC)
An NSF Engineering Research Center in Multi-Media Technology, with over 50 major corporate partners cooperating in the development of new technological capabilities which overlap highly with functionalities of the nervous system, and that are the foundation of the next generation of interactive, edcuational learning tools.

CNE departmental web site USC Brain Project
An interdisciplinary effort between neuroscience, computer science, and biomedical engineering, which is spearheading the development of novel database, visualization, and modeling instruments specifically tailored to the demands of neuroscientific, medical, and bioengineering data.

CNE departmental web site Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IRIS)
IRIS is an advanced resource in the School of Engineering for the integration of adaptive neural network and robotics research.

CNE departmental web site Signal and Image Processing Institute (SIPI)
SIPI conducts fundamental research on signal processing theory and on the design of VLSI, optical and opto-electronic systems for fast implementation of signal processing algorithms.

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